For thousands of years, peasants in Umbria and Tuscany cultivated fruit trees and family orchards. This way of life ended after the Second World War. The varieties in these regions were replaced, first, by generic fruit and, more recently, by fruit from other countries. Italian author and agronomist, Isabella Dalla Ragione will give a lecture at Mi...

Dear ICC members and non members, I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Board to thank you for your continued support, to share the latest news at the Italian Cultural Center, and to inform you on the outcome of our latest Board meeting.   ICC news· The Italian Film Festival closed a few weeks ago, and has been a great success thanks to...

by Nancy Ngo   Italian fare is back in Calhoun Square, in the spot once occupied by the long-running Figlio, which had most recently been an American restaurant and bar.   Parella, with white walls, cozy booths and an open kitchen, offers a contemporary dining space. Michael Larson of Digby's in Roseville brought in Todd Macdonald of...

by Mecca Bos   Minneapolis, can we not have nice things? It seems like the bombardment of too many Italian restaurants focusing on crudo means they are already starting to fall like a house of cards. One of our very favorites, Parella, recently lost Executive Chef Todd Macdonald (though he is remaining as silent partner).   He we...

by Robin L. Mainella   After a beautiful structure that can never be replicated is gone, it is gone forever. Many of Duluth's significant structures that have been lost to us perhaps could have been saved. Not those claimed by fire. But others were simply looked at as having seen their day and having outlived their usefulness to a growing ci...

Sarà il Minnesota ad ospitare la Convention ITTONA (International Tyrolean Trentini Organization of North America), l'appuntamento che ogni due anni riunisce in una diversa località i Circoli trentini di Stati Uniti e Canada. Il Circolo trentino del Minnesota è al lavoro da oltre un anno per organizzare l'evento, giunto alla sua ventesima edizione...

Are you an intermediate speaker of Italian who loves opera? Have you always wanted to have a better understanding of the words? Now is your opportunity to discover more of Verdi's "Rigoletto"!   Join ICC's native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, as she uncovers the famous opera. You will listen to the music, pause to learn new language p...

di Mario Platero   Potrebbe essere il testo di una canzone di Giorgio Gaber: San Siro, il tram numero 15 per Corso Vercelli, la Pizzeria Da Gino che ha lasciato il segno indelebile per la bontà della pizza nel ricordo di un teenager americano che ha passato la tarda infanzia e prima adolescenza a Milano.   Ma neppure Gaber avrebbe pot...

Jay King of Fridley is a third-generation Italian-American, on his mom's side of the family. When he joined the planning committee for the Festa Italiana, a relatively new festival that celebrates Italian heritage in Minnesota, "it was like coming home," he said. In fact, he found out that one committee member is a distant cousin, he said.  ...

The Marion County community invited people to share its Italian heritage at the 9th annual Feast of the Seven Fishes festival.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a centuries-old custom observed primarily by southern Italians, consisting of a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve. Local restaurants showcased their heritage ties, with cultural...